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The promise of smart grids

Lovell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-1164-0356 2018 , 'The promise of smart grids' , Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability , doi: 10.1080/13549839.2017.1422117.

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Abstract

It is the promise of smart grids – their anticipated role in meetingeconomic, social, environmental policy objectives – that is driving actionon smart grids worldwide, while the reality is rather more messy. Thispaper is about the implementation of smart grids in Australia, andexamines the degree to which environmental and social promises havematerialised (or not) within two large energy smart grid initiativesundertaken in the period 2009–2014: the federal government-sponsoredSmart Grid Smart City Program and the State of Victoria’s AdvancedMetering Infrastructure Program. The analysis draws on agovernmentality approach to examine how the promise of smart gridshas not for the most part been delivered, concentrating in particular onhow new digital technologies have not “behaved” in the way originallyplanned. Within a governmentality framework, it is generally assumedthat technologies work to support government programmes, toaccomplish governance. But growing evidence points to smart gridtechnologies undermining the promise of smart grids. Such a findingstands at odds with the assumption in governmentality abouttechnologies doing work in consort with rationalities of government.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lovell, H
Keywords: smart grids; Australia; experimentation
Journal or Publication Title: Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1354-9839
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13549839.2017.1422117
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Copyright 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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